Police communication gaps allow abuse suspects to avoid quick arrest
January 12, 2020
State law allows police to arrest accused domestic abusers without a warrant if there is sufficient evidence, such as a witness statement or a victim’s visible injuries. But a lack of communication among law enforcement agencies is allowing suspects to avoid prompt arrest.
Police have 72 hours after a reported domestic violence incident to make an arrest with no warrant. Law enforcement officials say suspects often flee the scene before police arrive, making it difficult to detain them during that time.
Lt. Clay Asbill, who heads the Tulsa Police Department’s family violence unit, sai...